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How Do We Love Sprinters? Let Us Count The Ways

Sprinter Vans have a cult following, and there are so many reasons why. At I-70 Auto Service in Kansas City, we have the honor to service and repair several Sprinter Vans. Over the years, we have grown to love and appreciate everything about these versatile vehicles. How do we love Sprinter Vans? Let us count the ways... Sprinter Vans are customizable. When you consider all the drivetrain and engine options, plus the various body styles, wheelbases, floor types (metal, plastic, wood) and roof heights, Sprinter Van owners have more than 1,700 potential variants of the 2019 model. It’s mind-blowing how many options you have to choose from when ordering your very own Sprinter Van. Sprinter Vans look classy. Maybe it is because we have a longstanding affection for the Mercedes logo, but these vehicles have a beautiful aesthetic. The front end has a nice shape, and you wouldn’t feel embarrassed about pulling up in a Sprinter Van when you’ve been invited to a cocktail par ... read more

Your Brake’s Cries for Help

Sometimes, your car can be trying to tell you something. If you are hearing an unusual noise, smelling a funky smell, or feeling something out of the ordinary when driving, it may be a sign that your vehicle needs a little extra TLC. When it comes to your vehicle’s brakes, you should never ignore the warning signs:  You notice that your brake light is flashing on your dashboard. Your brake light is on.  When you are driving, you either a squealing sound, grinding noise, or both. These sounds are usually indicators of metal against metal.  When you step on your brakes, you feel wobbling or vibration.  Your brakes are leaking fluid.  Your brakes feel spongy or soft when you use them.  You smell a burning noise while driving, which is a symptom of an overheated brake or clutch.  When driving, your car is pulling to one side of the road, which can indicate a damaged brake hose or caliper.  If you are pulling to one side of the road whil ... read more

Road Trip Playlists

Planning a road trip anytime soon? If your answer is yes, then a road trip playlist should be on your to-do list, along with an inspection performed by the technicians at I-70 Auto Service in Kansas City. You can focus on putting together a playlist while the rest of our team can make sure your vehicle is ready to embark on your adventure.  Here are some songs for your road trip playlist:  “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2 “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd “Truckin’” by Grateful Dead “Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads “Graceland” by Paul Simon “Take It Easy” by the Eagles “America” by Simon and Garfunkel Download on Amazon “Route 66” by Chuck Berry “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros “Going Up the ... read more

Problems with Family Vehicles

At I-70 Auto Service, we do our best to ensure your vehicle is reliable, dependable, and practically invincible. However, without proper preventative maintenance, we see vehicles being brought into our shop, afflicted with the same problems. Here are the issues we commonly see on family cars that are driven locally:  Worn Brake Pads: Brakes wear down naturally over time, which is why preventative maintenance is a must, especially before you are faced with an expensive or dangerous problem.  Alignment: If your tires are wearing unevenly, or you feel a vibration in your steering wheel, you may need an alignment.  Radiator Leaks: Corrosion is usually the culprit if your coolant is leaking. A leaky radiator can lead to your vehicle overheating or even a fire within your engine.  Malfunctioning Sensors: Modern cars are equipped with an array of high-tech sensors, and even though they have tons of benefits, they also have their downfalls, like when they malfunction.&n ... read more

Getting Your Car Ready for a Road Trip

When school is out for the summer, we are all going to be heading out on those summer vacations to bask in the sun and take a breather from rushing to soccer games, making it school before the first bell, and racing to the grocery store before it closes.  If you are planning a roadtrip, we want you to completely enjoy your trip. We don’t want you to have worry about any unexpected breakdowns, which is why we have put together a summer road trip checklist. Make sure you have each of these items ready to go:   First-aid kit.  Jumper cables.  Tunes, podcasts, and DVDs!  Road trip games for your little ones.  Non Perishable snacks and drinks with a lid.  Extra-plastic bags and a roll of paper towels.  Smartphone with GPS.  Spare clothes.  Mobile phone charger.  Audio books.  Portable WiFi device or cellular data plan.  Bring your car into I-70 Auto Service before you head out on your road trip. Our tech ... read more

Brake Health: Warning Signs You Won’t Want To Miss

When it comes to the safety of you, your family, and your vehicle, your brakes are something you don’t want to mess with. Your brake system is practically synonymous with safety, so if you are experiencing any of these warning signs, contact the team of technicians at I-70 Auto Service in Kansas City right away.  If you can answer yes any of these questions, your brake’s health may be in jeopardy:  Has your brake light been flashing on your dashboard?  Do you hear squealing, squeaking, or grinding noises originating from your brakes?  When you brake, do you feel wobbling, vibrating, or scraping?  Are your brakes leaking any fluid?  When you step on the brakes, does the pedal feel spongy or soft?  Is your vehicle pulling to one side when braking?  Are you smelling something burning?  Does your vehicle bounce up and down when you stop short?  You don’t need to answer yes to all of these questions for it to mean ... read more

Fluid Checks Your Car Needs Now

The term “spring cleaning” doesn’t just apply to our homes, but it also can be applied to our cars. Winter has taken a toll on our vehicles, so with spring just around the corner; it is the perfect time to spring clean your car, starting with the fluids.  If you are unsure about the last time a technician examined your vehicle’s fluids, we encourage you contacting us today to set up an appointment, regardless of the season. Our technicians are here to help ensure you start spring off right. Here are six fluids ready for a little spring cleaning: Hands down, oil is your most vital fluid. There are various components in your engine that are spinning constantly and quickly, and your engine oil keeps everything running smoothly.  Coolant, as the name indicates, keeps your engine cool. Maintaining your coolant levels keep your vehicle from overheating.  Before power steering, when you turned your steering wheel, it would feel incredibly heavy. Howev ... read more

Up And At ‘Em: Best Ways To Improve Fuel Mileage

Happy New Year to our I-70 family! We hope that you are keeping yourselves safe and warm and that you had a lovely holiday season! This month, all of us are trying to cut back on expenses, so what better time to address fuel efficiency?! Did you know that there are lots of things that you, the driver, can do to improve fuel efficiency in your vehicle? Read on to find out… Be sure to close your gas cap tightly! It seems like a simple thing but trust us; it makes a big difference. Why? It keeps your gas in your tank, and it prevents it from evaporating! Make sure you look after your tires. When your tires are not correctly inflated, it drags the whole car down, which positively can affect fuel economy.  Lessen the lead-foot! We know, we know...you’re in a hurry. But if you can ease up on the gas pedal, you can get better miles to the gallon! Don’t overload your vehicle. Keep inside of it only what you need. Excessive weight loads also drag down your fuel effi ... read more

Best Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

Got a car lover in your life? Here are some of I-70’s hot picks for seriously cool holiday gifts: For the neatnicks in your life who love to keep their cars spotless and copacetic, check out a car organizer like this one. They’ll be able to keep all their stuff organized, AND still keep it in their car! For the dapper people among you who like to keep it extra, consider these gear shifter cufflinks. They add charm and class to any ensemble.  For the audiophile who just loves to jam down the road listening to their favorite tunes, a gift card to a music playing service like Spotify, iTunes, or something else is an excellent choice.  Boost your car lover’s mood, help them relax or stay alert, all by giving them an essential oil diffuser! You can load up one of these with their favorite essential oil, like citrus or peppermint, and their car will smell good year round! These are just a few ideas meant to get your creative juices flowing. Have fun picking th ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Holiday Road Trips?

Here at I-70, we like to help you with all aspects of auto repair, not just the big ones. One of the ways we serve our community is by making sure your vehicle is ready to go on those long holiday road trips.  Here are some tips to get your car ready for holiday road trips:  Consider a car detailing  Get your car clean and tidy, and if you are pressed for time, consider getting the car detailed. Detailing can really pep up your ride, and everyone loves driving a clean car! Your car is a microcosm of your life and the interior keeps you safe and warm while you go places, so give it a little TLC. Keep Safe With Electronics Make sure you have a phone mount for your car. Consider downloading a navigation app like Waze so you can keep an eye on traffic. Don’t forget your chargers, and be aware that in many places you might not have signal.  Be Prepared Just in case you get stranded, make sure that you have necessities like a roadside assistance kit, blankets, s ... read more

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